RTE news presenter announces decision to leave the station

She announced the news yesterday

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Long time RTE news presenter Una O’Hagan has announced she is to leave the station.

Una, who has been presenting for the national broadcaster for 34 years, has now revealed her intention to step away.

The 55-year-old is not yet retiring, but leaving for other ventures new opportunities according to the Irish Independent.

Una, who’s husband Colm is also a former RTE employee, has been reminiscing about her time presenting the news.

“I remember the noise the first day I went into the newsroom. Those big old typewriters with people clattering away, you nearly had to assault them to get anything written, whereas nowadays it’s all very quiet. People don’t make a sound. The contrast is amazing.

“There was a certain level of craziness that you don’t get now. Maybe people are more serious and professional nowadays, but there was a lot of fun to it then. I remember one reporter who if he was bored on a Friday afternoon would stand up on the desk and dance around. You wouldn’t get that now.

“I guess I felt that I am 55, I have another few years working so I thought it is now or never. I can not leave the cocoon where I have really enjoyed myself and have had a successful career or I can go out and try something new.

“The ‘R’ word is banned. I am not retiring. I would go out of my mind. And I am sure Colm (her husband) wouldn’t want me under his feet all day.

“He retired from RTE 10 years ago and has brought out 10 best-selling books since so I don’t think he is retired either. I don’t think people do it that much anymore. It’s just a new phase of life.”

Best of luck to Una in the future!

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